Sunday, 14 November 2021

CP8757 - Every Child Matters


CP Paints Locomotive to Honor Residential School Victims

I came across a freshly painted orange CP locomotive, engine 8757 back in October and was wondering about it. I mentioned the engine to RMC-Railfan associate editor Justin Franz who sent me the following information from the Railfan website. The photo above is courtesy of CP to Railfan. I have posted the link to the full Railfan article...George Dutka 

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway has painted an ES44AC locomotive to mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day to remember the injustices of the country’s residential school system. The locomotive made its debut at CP headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, this week and will soon enter regular freight service. 

The locomotive, CP 8757, is painted orange and has the words “Every Child Matters” written along the side along with the Orange Shirt Society logo and website. The specially painted locomotive was the brainchild of 13-year-old Jacob Hoffer, an Indigenous youth, who wrote the railroad asking that they paint a locomotive to mark the occasion. Hoffer and his mother were on hand this week for the unveiling, along with representatives of the Orange Shirt Society. 

Since the train was sitting back in the yard the only access was from a parking lot next to a high chain link fence. This shot is taken by holding the camera over my head. It took about three attempts before I was happy. As my wife was with me and we were headed to her parents I could not hang around to see it depart.
Looking east into the CP yard London on Oct 26, 2021 one can see CP 8757 on the lead.


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